Use this detailed yet easy to follow article to root Google Pixel 2 running latest Android 8.1 Oreo firmware. The root has been due for this phone for quite some time. Thanks to an update to Magisk Manager utility, you can now easily root your Pixel 2 with the following guide. The smartphone from Google comes equipped with latest and greatest 2017 hardware. And once you root, you would be able to make the most out of it by installing root app and other mod packages. The process itself is quite simple and easy. However, before you read ahead, make sure you have an unlocked bootloader first, or this tutorial will wipe off all your data. The complete step by step guide on how to root Pixel 2 is mentioned right ahead.
As you read further, we will guide you how to backup your important data, some other important tips and then tell you how to root Android 8.1 Oreo on Pixel 2 with complete steps. Our procedure relies on Magisk Manager utility. This process doesn’t require a custom recovery installation before hand.
Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We (TeamAndroid.com) or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉
Root Google Pixel 2 Android 8.1 Oreo Details:
This update only brings a newer security patch with some bug fixes however, you can read about the changes of Android 8.1 Oreo right below:
Android 8.1 Oreo brings several new features to the Android platform. Unfortunately, Nexus 6 has been dropped from official support by Google. Most notable features of Oreo are:
- Notification dots
- Picture-in-picture mode
- Username / password autofill for apps
- New Settings screen
- Android Instant Apps
- … and many under-the-hood changes to make Android super fast!
Meanwhile, you should also check out the following articles:
- Install Android 8.1: How to Update Pixel 2 to Android 8.1 Oreo Factory Image.
- Root Apps: You should check out our list of essential root apps that you should install.
- Install Android 8.1 Oreo: How to Install Android 8.1 Oreo on Computer.
- Custom ROMs: For the complete collection of Oreo based ROMs for the Pixel 2, visit our Custom ROMs page.
The method to root Pixel 2 Android 8.0 has been explained with instructions on the next page. In case you have problems connecting your phone with the computer, make sure USB drivers are properly installed and read the tips below.
Google Pixel 2 USB Drivers
You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for Google Pixel 2 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:
Backup and Other Important Tips
Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps.
Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. Read: How to Backup Android Apps, Text Messages, WhatsApp, Call History.
If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up. [Tutorial: How to Backup Android Phone using TWRP]
A few more optional tips that you should remember:
1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat and Oreo.
2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?
3. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend not to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.
All set and ready? Good. You can now go to the next page and root Android 8.1 Oreo on Pixel 2 + install TWRP recovery with the given step-by-step tutorial.